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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the protagonist standing alone doing?

2. Why does the protagonist steal some money?

3. What memory does this trigger?

4. When does the protagonist realize it is not his grandmother waiting for him?

5. What is the nurse's response?

Short Essay Questions

1. What memory does he then recall?

2. What does the protagonist criticize in the first section of the novel?

3. Of what does this insatiable feeling remind him?

4. Why does the protagonist believe his grandmother is outside his room?

5. After his memory, what does he have a strong desire to do?

6. Describe the details of the accident.

7. To what does the protagonist wake up?

8. What is the protagonist's memory about his grandmother?

9. To whom does he run in this memory? What does this person do?

10. How does the scene end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author's description of the passersby on the street is bleak.

Part 1) Describe these people. Do they look like this in reality? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this foreshadow the feeling of the rest of the novel?

Part 3) Describe a time when your emotions affected your take on your surroundings.

Essay Topic 2

Dr. Paul Russel is a pivotal character in the story.

Part 1) Why is he a pivotal character?

Part 2) How does the protagonist interact with him? Why?

Part 3) How, in a sense, are the doctor/patient roles reversed?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout this novel, the protagonist moves in and out of time.

Part 1) Give two examples of this. What is the purpose of this?

Part 2) How does this affect his relationship with others?

Part 3) Is this effective in showing the inner workings of the protagonist's mind? Why or why not?

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